human nature

Topics: William Golding, Human nature, Want Pages: 2 (807 words) Published: October 24, 2013

Human Nature

Margaret Mead once said, “ Human nature is potentially aggressive and destructive and potentially orderly and constructive.” (brainyquote.com) Evil and good are both in human nature. There are times when people show their evil side and later they show their good side. These two combinations make up someones human nature. Along with human nature is the loss of innocence. Clint Eastwood once said, “The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals” (brainyquote.com). Innocence in a child's childhood is very important because they want to be a child for as long as they can. No child wants to lose their innocence and grow up. In the novel Lord of the Flies, William Golding uses examples of the boys loss of innocence to show evil and savagery as the nature of humanity. In the Lord of the Flies, the boys stop caring about the idea of being rescued and realize the need to survive which leads to violence. Being rescued is not a top priority for the boys right now. They just need to survive for as long as they can. An example of their need for survival is when the narrator states, “Roger gathered a handful of stones and began to throw them. Yet there was a space round Henry, perhaps six yards in diameter, into which he dare not throw. Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law.” Roger saw his past life in the taboo and he saw that he wasn’t himself when he visualized the authority in front of him. Roger is bringing out his inner beast and becoming cruel to the boys. As he’s releasing the beast inside him he begins to realize that there is a force holding him back from trying to hurt the boys. This shows that he has some innocence left inside him. Another way that the boys show their loss of innocence is when Jack made himself look like a hunter. To show Jack's loss of innocence William Golding says, "A sharpened stick about...
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